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Virtual Happy Hour Cocktail Recipes

Hello, home bartender. You have your seventh zoom call of the day looming. So, you’re done with the White Claw and Michelob Ultra in your fridge, and now you want to step it up a notch.

A cocktail on a Tuesday? Great idea. 

You may be alone at home, but you are not alone in your drinking habits. U.S. sales of wine, beer, and alcohol-related products have soared amid pandemic.

virtual happy hour graph

So, join your compatriots — from a safe distance! — and try one (or all) of our 10 cocktail recipes below to elevate your virtual happy hour. From the rookie to the pro, we have a drink for every level of mixology experience:

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Your Bartender Status: Rookie

GINger Lime

Have you tried Sparkling Ice yet? Well, it’s a bubbly low-cal drink packed with so much flavor. Two ingredients but with so much flavor! Moscow mule meets gin and tonic.


8 oz Sparkling Ice Ginger Lime

2 oz Gin


Add gin over ice in glass. Pour over Sparkline Ice. Enjoy.

Sparkling Ice for virtual happy hour

Whiskey Lemonades

With summer right around the corner, sip a little sunshine.


1 oz whiskey

1 cup ice cubes

8-12 oz lemonade


Combine all ingredients and stir. So SIMPLE!

virtual happy hour whiskey lemonade

Vanilla Coke

Who didn’t LOVE vanilla coke as a kid? Take a trip down memory lane with this sweet, sweet nectar.


1 can Coke Zero

1-2 oz Vanilla Vodka

1 cup ice cubes


Combine all ingredients and stir.

Vanilla Vodka Coke for virtual happy hour

Boozy Iced Coffee

For those morning zoom calls.



8 ounces chilled strong coffee

1 ounce booze of choice

1 cup ice cubes

2 tablespoons cream (if desired)


Place the coffee and booze in a tall glass. Stir with a spoon, then top with ice. Drizzle cream over the top (if desired) and enjoy!

Boozy Iced Coffee for virtual happy hour

Your Bartender Status: Intermediate

Basil Gin Gimlet


Put your basil plant to good use with this fresh sipper. A spicy take on the original.

A couple Basil leaves

½ oz simple syrup (make your own)

¾ oz lime juice

1½ oz Gin


Place leaves in bottom of glass. Add simple syrup. Muddle together. Add gin and ice. Stir or shake.

Basil Gin Gilmlet for virtual happy hour

Colorado Bulldog


Grownup milkshake? Yes, please. This one is one of my favorites.

1 Part Kahlua

1 Part Vodka (try Vanilla flavored)

1 Part Cream or Milk

Splash of Cola


Shake the booze and cream with ice. Strain into a short glass with lots of ice, but make sure not to fill it to the brim (we know you want to). Leave some space to top it off with cola.

Colorado Bulldog for virtual happy hour

Strawberry Fizz Slushie

Fresh or frozen fruit gives this drink texture and natural sweetness.


5-8 fresh or frozen strawberries

10 Ice cubes

1.5 oz vodka or gin

3 oz tonic, soda water,  or lemon-lime soda


In a blender, combine ice, strawberries, vodka, or gin. Pulse until desired consistency (like a slushie). Top with fizzy drink. YUM

Strawberry Fizz slushie for virtual happy hour

Your Bartender Status: Pro

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The Quarantini

Brought to you by our friends at IQTalent Partners, this one will transport you to the speakeasy of your dreams.


0.25 Skinny Maple

2 dashes bitters

2 oz Rye

Half cup of Ice

Lemon peel

Mint to garnish




Miss the simple pleasures of pizza and sangria at restaurants? Make your own with wine, fruit, and brandy.


2 bottles Spanish red wine (Rioja wine is most popular)

1/2 cup brandy

2 oranges, one juiced and one diced

1 green apple, diced

1 lemon, diced

1 cinnamon stick

optional sweetener: simple syrup* or maple syrup

optional bubbles: lemon-lime soda, ginger ale or sparkling water


Add the wine, brandy, orange juice, diced orange, diced apple, diced lemon, and cinnamon stick to a large pitcher.  Stir to combine.  Taste and add in a few tablespoons of sweetener, if desired.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

Serve the sangria over ice, topping off each glass with a splash of bubbly soda (or sparkling water) if desired.

Sangria pitcher for virtual happy hour

Old Fashioned



1 sugar cube

2 to 3 dashes bitters

2 ounces ​bourbon (or rye whiskey)

Optional: 1 orange slice

Optional: splash club soda

Garnish: ​orange peel

Garnish: maraschino cherry ​


In a glass, place the sugar cube, then saturate it with bitters. Add an orange slice, if you like, and muddle.

Fill the glass with ice.

Add the whiskey and stir well. Finish it off with a splash of club soda if you prefer.

Garnish with an orange peel and cherry.

Old Fashioned for virtual happy hour

I hope you found a recipe or two you would like to try for your next virtual happy hour. You’ve got the time!